Great Men of Science
So things didn't go the way they were supposed to for Albert Malfort. Since his project didn't win the college-capping science fair -- he propelled a teacup pig five minutes through time -- he didn't land a fancy R&D job at Gray Labs, a think tank and retail juggernaut, nor did he escape the shadow of his father, an insane pariah of science and former Gray Labs employee who badmouthed the boss. Of course, that's all because the smug and wealthy Magnus Riptide destroyed Albert's project; his project proved the charisma reservoir in his brain allowed him to get away with anything. Albert wound up working as a lackey at Gray Labs, until they wronged him, so he stole a bunch of equipment, and conducted another time travel experiment that opened up an intern-swallowing time rift. Reduced to making weaponized robots in his garage for rogue tyrants, Albert gets the opportunity to put his life back on track when he's visited by Magnus, who needs his help. It would seem that Magnus, after accidentally winning a Nobel Prize, discovering a new number, and starring on the hit crime-drama The Scientist, made a miniature, evil clone of Thomas Edison, who traveled back to 1931 (via Albert's time rift) to steal every patent that ever existed. Will Albert and Magnus find a way to stop Edison from ruining science for everybody? Or will they actually work together and become, you know, Great Men of Science (and maybe friends)?
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"Brian Boone's work reads like Thomas Pynchon, if Pynchon were 10% funnier and 15% more photogenic. Great Men of Science is a hilarious romp from a truly demented mind -- and I mean "demented" in only the kindest sense of the word."
-- Tim Long, writer and producer, The Simpsons
"I didn't know much about science before reading this book, but I learned a lot! That Einstein invented the cheese-in-the-crust pizza. That Da Vinci was the inventor of the Hacky sack. And that Einstein was the great mind behind the Spice Channel. Okay, I made that up. But here's an alternative fact that's more than true: This is a funny-ass fucking book and it made me laugh many, many times."
-- Mike Sacks, author of Stinker Lets Loose and Passable in Pink
"Great Men of Science is about a rivalry among scientists, but when it comes to joyfully zany prose, Brian Boone has no rival. This is a dangerously funny read -- remember to wear your safety goggles."
-- Geoffrey Golden, author of Wet Hot American Summer: Fantasy Camp